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Keeping an eye on the show

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Production News
November 26, 2019

The Cry Pretty Tour 360 by Carrie Underwood, an in-the-round production based its look on the eye logo featured on her album Cry Pretty.

Tour dates include New York’s Madison Square Garden (cap. 18,600), Los Angeles’ Staples Center (20,000) and Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena (20,000).

With a walkway stage in the shape of the eye, lighting was mounted in a series of pods, aimed at allowing each section of the audience an optimal view.

“My job was to take that design, add some drama, dynamics and theatricality and make sure that the whole show flowed,” says Whitehouse. “When lighting in-the-round, each side of the stage needs to have key lights, effect lights and audience lights as each person’s perspective of the lighting will be different.”

Commissioning a lighting package from Bandit Lites, Whitehouse deployed nearly 400 fixtures including GLP JDC1 Strobes, Martin Professional MAC Viper AirFX, Claypaky Sharpys, Claypaky Mythos 2, VL 3000 Spots, Scenius Unicos and Robe Spikies.

Lighting director Nate Cromwell used two grand MA 2 full consoles for control, while creative director Barry Lather and Underwood herself directed the types and colour of lighting for each song.

“This is an extremely dynamic and elaborate show,” says Cromwell. “Over 3,500 cues were triggered in a 120-minute set.”

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